1944 – 2020
Killingly- William “Bill” J. Gazzola passed away on May 3, 2020 at home after a battle with glioblastoma. Born in 1944 in New York City, Bill was the oldest child of the late William H. and Margaret (Scarpati) Gazzola.
Bill grew up in the Bronx, NY where he attended St. Mary’s Elementary and Cardinal Hayes High School during which time he met his wife-to-be, Diana. After high school, Bill worked at AT&T and attended NYU. He and Diana were married in 1965. Before moving to Connecticut, Bill, aka “Mr. G,” taught Industrial Arts for five years at Theodore Roosevelt High School.
In 1972, Bill and Diana settled in Killingly, Connecticut with their two sons. Bill worked briefly restoring and refinishing furniture before taking a teaching position at Killingly High School in 1977. He went on to earn his bachelor’s degree at Goddard College and his master’s degree at Rhode Island College. Bill taught at Killingly High School for twenty-eight years where he relished his time with his students. After retiring in 2005, he relished time with family and friends, especially time spent on Cape Cod. Bill loved to shellfish with his grandchildren and took delight in preparing his famous grilled garlic oysters for them. Bill also enjoyed writing short fiction. For thirty-six years, he was a member of the Writer’s Hotel, a close knit writing group that met in Vermont every Spring and Fall.
Bill leaves behind his devoted wife Diana (DeFeo); his son Chris and his wife Kelly, their children Chloe and Mae who lost their “Doodily”; younger son Adam and his son Alexander who called him “Paka”, and Alex’s mother Effi (ex-wife), Bill and Diana’s bonus daughter Agnes Bernard of Windham. He also leaves his sister Carolyn Werge and her husband Bob who was his lifelong friend from the AT&T days in New York; brothers David of New Hampshire; Paul of New York; sister Margaret Eltablawi and her husband Hesham of Killingly; sister in law Violeta DeFeo of NY and her late husband Ralph DeFeo, Diana’s brother; and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. He was predeceased by his youngest brother James. Bill is also survived by numerous cousins. He will be missed by many close friends and colleagues in New York, CT, VT and Cape Cod, MA.
Services have respectfully been omitted. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Gilman Funeral Home & Crematory, 104 Church St. Putnam, CT. Memorial donations may be made in William’s name to Hospice of N.E.C.T, PO Box 632, Putnam, CT 06260. For memorial guestbook, please visit www.GilmanandValade.com.